There has always been a controversy with USA and China. I personally find both countries very strong and if it really comes to the day both super powers had to go to war, it would be World War III.
United States of America spends the most money on their military infrastructure and in constantly investing in future technology. China is currently trying to build up their economy and sad but true there are still parts of China that has no electrical power and shortage of food. China won’t be able to finance a war in this magnitude without their export to the United States. United States on the other hand can issue bonds because let’s face it United States have great credit and people will loan us money because we pay them back with good interest rate.
Never the less that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) will fight for the United States for many reasons including the fear of communism (sad but true the thought is still out there).
If war really comes to place, China doesn’t have the military power to invade the United States because of their lack of naval and air power compared to the United States. United States on the other hand has the Naval and Airpower to invade China. First battle would come in the air, with worlds most power and very experienced Air Force the Chinese outdated fighters don’t stand a chance. Second comes for the battle of the seas, United States has the strong navy in the world, which is why United States is the current world power. “Those who control the sea control the world.” The United States Ten Nimitz Class Carrier Battle group would obliterate anything the Chinese Navy and Airforce can throw at them. Next comes the hardest part, amphibious invasion. Every army teaches you need a 3:1 ratio to invade, United States just don’t have that ratio and if the US high commands decide to invade both sides would take heavy casualties. Eventually over time, US Air and Naval superiority would bombard and pound the Chinese military. Both countries are nuclear powered countries and if China is on the verge of being overpowered, Chinese government will use Nuclear Force. This war has become a nuclear war and with two superpowers fighting a nuclear war, it is the beginning of the end of the world.
In conclusion, neither United States nor China would come out the victor. My opinion is that USA and China stay peaceful and continue trading as both countries will reach prosperity.
Professor at Sandhurst Military Academy.